My name is Bryce McCulloch. I am 54 years old and I have played the Scottish Highland Bagpipes for 30 years. I play the highland bagpipes because I love the instrument and wish to share its Scottish music culture and traditions to as many people as possible.
In my early 20s I wished that I had persevered with my school violin music lessons; but after some grief from my friends, regretfully, I dropped the music lessons. I was about to begin the violin again when, out of the blue, my brother Gordon gave me a highland bagpipe practice chanter as a Christmas present. I did not look back. It was the best present I ever received. I practiced for hours each night and eventually joined my local band, Maybole Pipe Band. After I was confident with my playing in the band and comfortable with an audience I slowly developed my solo piping career.
Since those early days I have developed into a good steady piper, (not my words), with both Solo piping and Band piping experience. I concentrate my playing as a Solo Piper although I played with
the Maybole Pipe Band at the beginning.
After five years band experience I was offered the grand position of Resident wedding piper at Culzean Castle Ayrshire, Scotland. Through word of mouth enquiries and recommendations I keep busy piping at Weddings, Robert Burns Suppers and events where people require the sound of the Scottish highland bagpipes. I am now also the resident event piper at Trump Turnberry Resort and Golf courses. Over the past 23 years I have played at over 1000 weddings. I am now on the recommended list for the many award winning hotels including Lochside House Hotel, New Cumnock, Brig O Doon, Alloway. Dumfries Arms, Dumfries House to name a few.
Piped in by Bryce McCulloch
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